My name is Herminsul Cobo, I am 54 years old and I have been a shoemaker since I was 9 years old.
Nowadays, shoes mean a lot to me. I think of shoemaking as a very treasured art, which supports the lives of many people. A shoe is proof of the consciousness and heart that the shoemaker puts onto making it; a good shoe shows the love that the shoemaker has for his profession.
When I make shoes for By Maria, I put all my heart into making those shoes, because By Maria is the best thing that has happened to me. I have never admired so much a company, or someone, I have worked for. Here one finds humanity, fulfillment, and seriousness. By Maria makes me feel safe and offers the patience I need to improve every day. It is also the only place where I feel that my work is being appreciated, nowhere else have I had this feeling. Ever since I’ve been a part of this project, I feel calmer and more relaxed, because there is no work-related harassment and I can be sure I will be paid. Furthermore, they not only value my work, but also myself as a person, and they understand my needs.
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We are committed with the SDG, these are the ones
"by maria" works with directly:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.
At by maria, we are not only committed to paying a good income for our shoemakers, but they also get 1% of every sale done. We contribute to their social protection to make them less vulnerable.
We support our shoemakers and team to strengthen their existing knowledge and skills: Basics like reading and writing and provide opportunities to learn something new.
Two crucial areas a. We give women equal opportunities to work since men dominate the footwear industry. b.We are committed to eliminating all stereotypes; therefore, our shoes are pre-order make.
by maria provides a model based on the triangulation of designer-client-shoemaker. We ensure adequate incomes, safe workplaces and social protection, but with fair and transparent prices.
There are no barriers to becoming part of by maria as a designer, shoemaker or client. Regardless of the race, country, beliefs or sexual orientation, you have a place here.
We are a new supply chain based on designer-client-shoemaker seeking a renewable structure. Committed to reducing waste and making the main actors work together as direct participants.